D.C. District Court Grants Organizations Motion to Intervene in COOL Lawsuit

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has entered an order granting the motion by the United States Cattlemen's Association, NFU, American Sheep Industry Association and Consumer Federation of America to intervene in full in the COOL lawsuit filed by various organizations - including the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and National Pork Producers Council - on July 8th. USCA President Jon Wooster says the plaintiffs filed a partial opposition to the motion to intervene - opposing the intervenors' participation in the preliminary injunction - sought by the plaintiffs on July 26th - but also taking no position on their participation in the part of litigation dealing with the merits. Wooster says the court's order granting the motion to intervene makes clear USCA, NFU, ASI and CFA can participate at the preliminary injunction and the remainder of the litigation.

The intervenors have filed briefs with the court presenting their opposition to the preliminary injunction motion filed by the plaintiffs - and the court has given plaintiffs a deadline of this Thursday - August 22nd - to reply to this opposition. A hearing has been set for August 27th. Wooster says USCA and its fellow intervenors are strong advocates to ensure consumers know where their beef is from and believe the revised COOL regulations will reduce consumer confusion. Wooster says if granted - a preliminary injunction would further delay consumers having the type of information Congress has long wanted and that all who believe in COOL have been seeking through the regulatory process.

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